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What do you when there aren't any showers at work?

Old 09-28-12, 06:37 AM
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My ritual takes 5 minutes . . . Wet a t-shirt and put it in the freezer.

Put a bottle of wintergreen rubbing alcohol in your bike bag along with a fresh shirt that has Wintergreen Dr. Scholl body powder sprinkled in it.

Throw the crunchy, half-frozen T-shirt on right before setting out. Upon arrival, wash down with rubbing alcohol then throw fresh shirt on. No odor, feel fresh

Also remember what you put in your body comes out of your pores. If you eat beef, you will smell like cattle . . .
If you drink alcohol, you will smell like Otis . . .


etc, etc . . . .



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Old 09-29-12, 05:57 PM
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Quickie wash-off in the bathroom. If you don't have a bathroom at work, then you are chit out of luck!!
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Old 09-29-12, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by -=(8)=-
My ritual takes 5 minutes . . . Wet a t-shirt and put it in the freezer.

Put a bottle of wintergreen rubbing alcohol in your bike bag along with a fresh shirt that has Wintergreen Dr. Scholl body powder sprinkled in it.

Throw the crunchy, half-frozen T-shirt on right before setting out. Upon arrival, wash down with rubbing alcohol then throw fresh shirt on. No odor, feel fresh

Also remember what you put in your body comes out of your pores. If you eat beef, you will smell like cattle . . .
If you drink alcohol, you will smell like Otis . . .


etc, etc . . . .


I ride in hot humid Houston. Even mornings can be brutal.
Rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer is the key. Shower before. Wear moisture wicking clothes (no cotton). Keep moving so your sweat evaporates and cools you, but don't ride like you stole it. If it rains, try to avoid getting muddy. It helps to have a private place to change besides the toilet, otherwise get in early to avoid the rush (and smell). You will need panniers or bag for clothes but if you are showering now, you probably know the drill. Keep deodorant stick (NOT anti-antiperspirant) on hand. I have a small desk fan to cool off.
This worked for me, but everyone is different. Good luck.
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Old 09-29-12, 11:35 PM
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Everything is relative. In the army we used to get to shower about once a week. First few weeks were problematic. After that, the body gets used to that. On the leave home, I started taking showers every day and my skin got rashed, red, dried out. When you don't shower every day, skin doesn't get as greasy and as dirty.

The point is you can get away without getting one shower after sweating. I've tried it. Just wipe off sweat with a towel and put fresh clothes on. Even women won't notice you're not clean.
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Old 09-30-12, 02:34 AM
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I haven't tried this myself but you could consider keeping a bucket at work. Arrive early, go into the restroom, fill up the bucket and tip over yourself. If you really need to, you could soap up a bit and then rinse off with a second bucket. Make sure the rest room has floor drains.
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan
i've ridden 15 miles every morning to my job that doesn't have showers for over 5 years now.

1. shower before you leave home.

2. take off sweaty bike clothes when you get to work.

3. towel off, reapply deodorant, sink shower if necessary.

4. put on clean work clothes.

this method has been working just fine for me for years. sweat doesn't smell by itself, it's the bacteria that grows in sweat that's allowed to linger that stinks. so get the sweat and sweaty clothes off of you when you arrive at work. a full blown shower is a nice way to accomplish that, but it's not necessary.
This is almost identical scenario for me and like steely dan it works just fine,i just cool of with nothing on for 10 minutes before putting on the work clothes,as has been said make sure you wear proper cycling clothes as they wick away sweat and tend not to hold a smell at least mine dont anyway.

Good luck with the job and the commute

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what you do? easy you bring your shower with you.
All you need is a diving suit waterproof with 3 valves on it and a hose. 1 valve to feed with water from the tap and 1 at each foot to empty it into the toilet.
Here is your portable shower
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Originally Posted by erig007
what you do? easy you bring your shower with you.
All you need is a diving suit waterproof with 3 valves on it and a hose. 1 valve to feed with water from the tap and 1 at each foot to empty it into the toilet.
Here is your portable shower
Perfect! Much less messy than the bucket solution.
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Im in the bike to work in shower before work, put on clean clothes at work camp, works fine for me no one at work says anything, in fact somedays im complemented on my scent depending on the deodrant or cologne I remembered to bring to work.
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Shower before leaving, use baking soda on the arm pits then cool down in front of a big fan I have on my desk at work.
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